It may be the city that shines, but Saskatoon is also home to some of the spookiest, most sordid stories in Saskatchewan.
The Delta Bessborough Hotel has some of the best-known tales, including the unfortunate death of a bellboy after he fell over the railing of a staircase. Cracks in the marble are the remaining sign of where he came to a rest.
One long-time employee has even met the ghost, though he wasn’t aware of it at the time.
“One of his colleagues took a picture of him coming down the stairwell and he didn’t have a feeling of anyone being with him,” Joan Fior, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, said.
“But when the film was developed, lo and behold, there is an apparition to be seen behind him.”
A vision of a man in a suit and fedora has also been seen on the convention floor of the hotel, which used to be a gathering place for guests.
“We’re led to believe he just misses some of his old travel partners,” Fior said.
Other supposedly haunted locales include the McKim apartment building on 23rd Street, where the silhouette of a nurse searches for keys, leaves coins and plays with the feet of people lying in bed.
The Marr Residence is said to host a male spirit who torments women. The vision of a child has also been reported in a window.
The Western Development Museum (WDM), which houses countless artefacts that could attract spirits, has a few stories of its own.
One woman has been reported crossing the street in Boomtown from a house to the clock shop, while another looks through windows of the café.
“I haven’t heard of anyone having a negative experience in the museum related to any of these, so I’d say they’re probably friendly,” Corinne Daelick, the WDM’s director of education, said.
The friendly ghosts might even be present for the museum’s annual family-friendly Boo Town event Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. CT.